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Elevated Surfaces

This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Are signs posted, when appropriate, showing the elevated surface load capacity?
  • Are surfaces that are elevated more than 30 inches (76.20 centimeters) provided with standard guardrails?
  • Are all elevated surfaces beneath which people or machinery could be exposed to falling objects provided with standard 4-inch (10.16- centimeter) toeboards?
  • Is a permanent means of access and egress provided to elevated storage and work surfaces?
  • Is required headroom provided where necessary?
  • Is material on elevated surfaces piled, stacked, or racked in a manner to prevent it from tipping, falling, collapsing, rolling, or spreading?
  • Are dock boards or bridge plates used when transferring materials between docks and trucks or railcars?
Source: Federal OSHA